Driving and Motability
There are over a million disabled motorists in the UK. Having your own vehicle may be the best option for you. You can either drive it yourself or have someone drive it for you.
Getting a vehicle through Motability
You can lease a car, scooter or powered wheelchair through the Motability Scheme if you’ve been awarded:
- the higher rate mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for 12 months or more
- the enhanced rate mobility component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) for 12 months or more
You pay to join the scheme using the mobility components of your DLA or PIP. The scheme does not pay for your fuel, but does cover:
- insurance, including tyre and windscreen replacement cover
- breakdown cover
- vehicle tax
If you are not a member of Motability, you will have to cover the costs of owning your vehicle.
Getting a Motability car (Citizens Advice)
Help with the cost of owning a vehicle
You do not need to be a member of Motability to:
Adapting your car
Driving Mobility can assess what kind of adaptations you might need. There are 17 regional driving assessment centres across the UK. As well as adaptations, they will also assess your ability to drive.
Ask them to advise you on who can fit your adaptation. You should always get more than one of estimate on how much it will cost.
Get the VAT (Value Added Tax) back on an adapted car